Lovejoy Varsity Baseball took the lead late and defeated Highland Park 11-8 on Saturday to win the series 2-0 and advanced to the regional quarterfinals.
Lovejoy scored first on a solo homer by Michael DiFiore.
In the 4th inning the Leopards scored 2 more runs on singles by Luke Finn and R.W. Rucker, two walks and a sac fly from Colton Laurence.
The game was tied at five with Lovejoy in the bottom of the fifth when Jacob Terwilliger singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run an putting the Leopards on top 6-5. Then, a double by Kolby Branch scoring 2 runs and 2 singles by Jordan Yoder and Luke Stine scoring 3 more, putting the Leopards on top for good 11-5.
Stine started the game for Lovejoy Varsity Baseball. He allowed four hits and three runs over four innings, striking out two.
Terwilliger recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Lovejoy.
The Leopards improve to 25-9 on the season and advance to the regional quarterfinals next week against Frisco Lone Star.